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Line Skis

Tester's Review

In a category that split fairly neatly into two groups - edgy chargers and smeary surfers - the Sick Day emphatically belonged to the latter. With ample width and heavy rocker, it not surprisingly ranked high in Flotation (No. 3). And while quick turns and hard-snow performance will never be its forte, new-school powder slashers will love the easy-pivoting, spray-throwing looseness in powder. Plus, we hear cranky retailers hate the trippy tree-fort graphics - reason enough to buy it. Larsen: "Handled all but the fastest speeds; had a fun, playful feel."

With its 125-mm waist width, the Sick Day 125 is the widest ski in Line's new Sick Day collection, which aims for ease of use and accessibility across ability levels in deep, deeper and deepest powder. There are three models, ranging in width from a powder-specific 125 mm down to a more versatile 95 mm, with pronounced rocker for maximum flotation on the 125 and progressively less on narrower models for more responsive mixed-snow performance. With slight twin-tips and directional sidecut taper and waisting, they're meant to go forward down the mountain. (Switch riders and powder jibbers might be better served by a true-twin Opus or Sir Francis Bacon.) Aggressive tip taper also gives the Sick Days a looser feel in the snow than the similarly wide Opus or Bacon, with less active edge in the snow and enhanced maneuverability and newschool smeariness. Line builds the Sick Days for light, lively performance. There's no metal, and Line's ThinTip technology keeps the tip profile slender and supple for shock absorption and reduced swing weight. Meanwhile, Line's new, lighter Maplelite Macro Block core blends dense maple underfoot for power and durability with lightweight aspen tip and tail for further reduction of swing-weight. Metal-free Capwall construction combines light forgiving cap construction on top, resting on low sidewalls over the edges for solidity and grip. The colorful and highly imaginative graphics are the work of Toronto based artist Derek Muscat.

PRICE (MSRP): $940.00
PRICE (MAP): $750.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$940.00
MAP$750.00
GenderMale
CategoryDeep Snow
AwardsGold Medal Gear
BindingFlat
Lengths186, 193
Tip/Waist/Tail150-125-137
Rating: Stability at Speed3.24 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.23 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip1.83 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.26 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.51 / 5
Rating: Flotation4.00 / 5
Rating: Overall3.03 / 5

The Celebrity is the lightest, softest and least expensive adult ski Line makes. (The 157-cm length is half the weight of the fattest men's ski.) The target skier is a novice or intermediate woman who sticks mainly to the groomed and wants an inexpensive ski. Many shops will sell it for about $350 (without binding). The 85-mm-waisted Celebrity is traditionally cambered, with no rocker, and its sidecut is traditionally directional (not optimized for backward skiing). It's built on Line's lightest wood core (all aspen), with a soft, forgiving, economical fiberglass cap construction. The soft flex, together with deep sidecut, are designed to help novices bend the ski and arc carved turns on soft snow at cautious speeds.

PRICE (MSRP): $440.00
PRICE (MAP): $350.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
MSRP$440.00
MAP$350.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths147, 157, 167
Tip/Waist/Tail115-85-112

The new Tease is billed as an "all-terrain" twin-tip with a versatile 86-mm waist that handles hard or soft snow equally well. But with its symmetrical flex and near-symmetrical sidecut, which enhances switch-riding performance, it clearly will do double-duty as a park ski or all-mountain freestyler. A subtle hint of tip and tail rocker will keep it loose on the snow and easy to pivot, but as with all Line skis, there's camber underfoot for carving and rebound. It's a lightweight, metal-free Capwall construction, blending low sidewalls, for solid edge feel with a cap structure on top, for forgiving flex and performance. Line's new, lighter Maplelite Macro Block core blends dense maple underfoot for power and durability with lightweight aspen tip and tail for reduced swing-weight. ThinTip tips are extra thin and flexible for supple shock absorption and further weight savings.

PRICE (MSRP): $560.00
PRICE (MAP): $450.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert
MSRP$560.00
MAP$450.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths157, 167
Tip/Waist/Tail112-86-109
Rating: Stability at Speed1.15 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.05 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip1.13 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance1.15 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness2.05 / 5
Rating: Flotation1.68 / 5
Rating: Overall1.56 / 5

The Soulmate is a women's version of the men's Prophet 90, identical in construction but with a lighter, softer-flexing core that blends fir and aspen and with a women's graphic. The Soulmate 90 is a Line Capwall construction, featuring low sidewalls, for solid edge feel, combined with a cap structure on top, for forgiving flex and performance. It has metal reinforcement for high-speed vibration absorption. (Not full sheets; rather, the metal laminates are shaped to provide strength and dampening where it's needed most, without adding the weight of full sheets.) It's fully cambered underfoot for traditional edge grip and rebound, with a touch of floaty tip rocker. It's designed for traditional rearward mounting and is only sold flat (no binding).

PRICE (MSRP): $690.00
PRICE (MAP): $550.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert
MSRP$690.00
MAP$550.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths151, 158, 165
Tip/Waist/Tail125-90-113

Line readily admits that its women's skis are copies of men's skis in its collection with female-specific graphics. The Pandora, which used to be a "pinked" version of the Influence 115, is now based instead on the narrower, more playful Sick Day 110, but with a lighter, all-aspen core. As with the men's version, its 110-mm waist width and lighter weight make it a likely candidate for sidecountry freeriding with an AT binding.

PRICE (MSRP): $810.00
PRICE (MAP): $650.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelExpert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$810.00
MAP$650.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths162, 172
Tip/Waist/Tail142-110-125
Rating: Stability at Speed2.44 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.97 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip1.63 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.47 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness2.97 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.21 / 5
Rating: Overall2.64 / 5

The Soulmate 98 is a women's version of the men's Prophet 98, identical in construction but with a lighter, softer-flexing core that blends fir and aspen, and with a women's graphic. The Soulmate 98 is a Line Capwall construction, featuring low sidewalls, for solid edge feel, combined with a cap structure on top, for forgiving flex and performance. It has metal reinforcement for high-speed vibration absorption. (Not full sheets; rather, the metal laminates are shaped to provide strength and dampening where it's needed most, without adding the weight of full sheets.) It's fully cambered underfoot for traditional edge grip and rebound, with just a touch of floaty tip rocker. It's designed for traditional rearward mounting and is only sold flat (no binding).

PRICE (MSRP): $750.00
PRICE (MAP): $600.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$750.00
MAP$600.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths158, 165, 172
Tip/Waist/Tail132-98-123
Rating: Stability at Speed2.43 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.43 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.08 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.38 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness2.23 / 5
Rating: Flotation2.68 / 5
Rating: Overall2.31 / 5
Tester's Review

Tester consensus was absolute: Here's the lightest, liveliest, and most playful ski in the category. Because of its soft flex and lightning quickness, the Prophet's easy to stay balanced over in bumps, where it really shines. (Nothing beat it for Quickness.) There's a trade-off, naturally. It doesn't like hard snow, and heavier, more aggressive skiers especially will want more power and solidity for high-speed arcing. But it responds to finessed attacks with an irresistibly joyful demeanor. Rogan: "Superlight and easy to ski." Larsen: "Fun, easy, playful - a real ego ski."

The Prophet 85 is the narrowest, quickest and edgiest of all the prophets. Of all Line skis, it's most logical choice for an Eastern skier who likes to set an edge and arc on hardpack. The Prophet series, which has evolved over a decade, still targets the Line skier who wants a powerfully edgy directional ski, who likes to bend a ski and carve it, who finds heavily rockered newschool slarvers to be lacking in rebound and reluctant to carve. There are four high-performance models in waist widths of 98, 90 and 85 mm, plus a value-oriented version of the 90, called the Flite. All are built on Line's densest, most durable MacroBlock core, which has full-length maple stringers surround by lighter-weight aspen. The 85, 90 and 98 are Line Capwall constructions, featuring low sidewalls, for solid edge feel, combined with a cap structure on top, for forgiving flex and durability. The top three models also have metal reinforcement for high-speed vibration absorption. (Not full sheets; rather, the metal laminates are shaped to provide strength and dampening where it's needed most, without adding the weight of full sheets.) All are fully cambered underfoot for traditional edge grip and rebound; all but the Flite have a touch of floaty tip rocker. All models are designed for traditional rearward mounting and are only sold flat (no binding).

PRICE (MSRP): $690.00
PRICE (MAP): $550.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$690.00
MAP$550.00
GenderMale
CategoryMixed Snow
AwardsGold Medal Gear
BindingFlat
Lengths165, 172, 179, 186
Tip/Waist/Tail118-85-108
Rating: Stability at Speed2.72 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.66 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.40 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.77 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.57 / 5
Rating: Flotation2.64 / 5
Rating: Overall3.02 / 5
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